A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders.

TitleA randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFrankel, F, Myatt R, Sugar C, Whitham C, Gorospe CM, Laugeson E
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume40
Issue7
Pagination827-42
Date Published2010 Jul
ISSN1573-3432
KeywordsBehavior Therapy, Child, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Female, Friends, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Parents, Patient Selection, Peer Group, Play and Playthings, Questionnaires, Social Behavior, Treatment Outcome
Abstract

This study evaluated Children's Friendship Training (CFT), a manualized parent-assisted intervention to improve social skills among second to fifth grade children with autism spectrum disorders. Comparison was made with a delayed treatment control group (DTC). Targeted skills included conversational skills, peer entry skills, developing friendship networks, good sportsmanship, good host behavior during play dates, and handling teasing. At post-testing, the CFT group was superior to the DTC group on parent measures of social skill and play date behavior, and child measures of popularity and loneliness, At 3-month follow-up, parent measures showed significant improvement from baseline. Post-hoc analysis indicated more than 87% of children receiving CFT showed reliable change on at least one measure at post-test and 66.7% after 3 months follow-up.

DOI10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01591.x
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord